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Entry regulations in times of Covid-19

If you enter Germany from abroad, you must observe the applicable entry and quarantine regulations; these are currently changing frequently. Please inform yourself about the latest news before your planned departure.
This information is valid to the best of our knowledge as of 22/09/2020 (we assume no liability for the information provided).

If you are an international student planning to start studying at the University of Oldenburg in the winter semester 2020/21 and need information on entry and quarantine as well as on the International Orientation Week, events etc., please register here:

International students registration

International doctoral candidates and researchers please register at the University's guest portal to receive current information and support:

Registration for international doctoral candidates and researchers

Who has to go into quarantine?

If you have been in a risk area at any time during the last 14 days, you must go into quarantine immediately after entry. You must also take a COVID-19 test and register with the local Gesundheitsamt (public health department).

You can reach the Gesundheitsamt in Oldenburg at +49 (0) 441-235-4444 or write to gesunda2heiv4tsawr6imt@st8mufjadt-ox+ldenwsstaburg.dedhb. It is also possible to carry out the registration process completely online with the public health department (Gesundheitsamt). You can upload the test result here as well:
Online registration with the Gesundheitsamt Oldenburg with upload option of Corona test result (in German)

The quarantine regulations are based on the Lower Saxony corona regulations: Lower Saxony coronavirus regulations (in German)

All travellers from risk areas who do not have a negative COVID-19 test result on entry must first go into quarantine. A test from abroad must not be older than 48 hours at the time of entry.

Who has to take a corona test?

Anyone entering from a risk area must take a test. The corona test is free of charge within 10 days after entering Germany. No German health insurance is required. Tests can be carried out at German airports, for example.
Frankfurt Airport COVID-19 test centre

You can also take a test in your country of origin. The test must have been carried out within 48 hours before entry and must be recognised in Germany (see below). Within 10 days after entry you can still take a test in Oldenburg at a local doctor's office. 

To find out whether your area of origin is currently defined as a risk area, visit this page:

Robert Koch Institute (RKI) identifies international risk areas (webpage in German, with English archive)

Please note that this list is constantly changing!

Where can I take a corona test?

Tests can be carried out at German airports, for example.
Frankfurt Airport COVID-19 test centre

You can also take a test in your country of origin. The test must have been carried out within 48 hours before entry and must be recognised in Germany (see below). Within 10 days after entry you can still take a test in Oldenburg at a local doctor's office.

"White list" database with doctor's offices (in German only)

Which corona tests are accepted/valid?

Molecular biological tests (PCR tests) are currently generally accepted from all member states of the European Union as well as some other countries. The test must have been carried out within 48 hours before entry. Please check whether your test is valid: Which corona tests are valid in Germany? (Robert Koch Institute, in German)

Can I end the quarantine early if I enter from a risk area?

Travellers from countries with high numbers of COVID-19 cases must report to the public health department (Gesundheitsamt). See "Who has to go into quarantine?“.

You must remain in quarantine between entry, test and test result.

If you have a negative test result, you do not have to stay in quarantine until a "release" by the Gesundheitsamt, but can move freely again.

Please keep the test result for at least three weeks! During this time, you should pay attention to possible symptoms!

Can I travel on to Oldenburg within Germany?

You may travel from your airport of arrival to Oldenburg by public transport (e.g. by train - www.bahn.de). You must wear a mouth and nose protector (mask) on public transport. The quarantine obligation begins upon arrival at your place of residence.

Where can I be quarantined after arrival?

For students

If you have rented a room in one of the Studentenwerk Oldenburg's residence halls, you can usually only move in after completing your quarantine or obtaining a negative Corona test. The Studentenwerk has only a few single rooms available for quarantine. If you have rented a room from Studentenwerk, please discuss directly with them when you can move in. You can't move in during weekends!

Studentenwerk Oldenburg: Entry and quarantine

You can spend your quarantine period in a hotel in Oldenburg, for example. You will need to inquire about available rooms and pay yourself! List of Oldenburg hotels

Please note: If you are coming directly from a risk area and do not have accommodation for the quarantine period, please do not enter! There is no additional emergency accommodation available!

For doctoral candidates/ researchers

Please get in touch with your landlord to find out if you can spend the quarantine period in your new accommodation. If you cannot, you should – if necessary – arrange for suitable accommodation for the quarantine period as early as possible.

You can spend your quarantine period in a hotel in Oldenburg, for example. You will need to inquire about available rooms and pay yourself! List of Oldenburg hotels

Please note: If you are coming directly from a risk area and do not have accommodation for the quarantine period, please do not enter! There is no additional emergency accommodation available!

Who will look after me during my quarantine?

For students

The International Office of the University of Oldenburg offers quarantine care for international students by our team of tutors. Please contact us during office hours (Monday to Friday): welcoccme@uol.de

Please let us know in good time when you will arrive and where you will be staying.

For doctoral candidates / researchers

Please contact your supervisor, tutor or workgroup or the International Office regarding possible quarantine care.

Are you ill or are you afraid of being infected with the new coronavirus?

Do not go to a doctor's office or hospital without prior notice! Please call your doctor's office or the following telephone number:

116 117

Preparing your stay in Oldenburg

If you have any questions and need advice, please contact welcome@uol.ht0icdebtnzk

General information for preparing your trip here (international students)

General information for preparing your trip here (doctoral candidates and researchers)

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